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Mine Wages and Benefits

Metal, Coal and Industrial Mineral Mines


CostMine conducts periodic surveys of compensation practices at coal, metal, industrial mineral, and aggregate mines in Canada , the U.S. , and other locations. The results of these surveys are available in individual reports described in our Labor Compensation Reports section. Abbreviated versions of these reports for Canada and the U.S. also appear in Mining Cost Service. Included in our current surveys are 175 US Mines, 71 Canadian Mines, and salaries for 2,303 exploration managers, geologists, and GIS/drafting personnel around the world. The following table briefly summarizes the 2013 survey results for the U.S. metal, industrial mineral and coal mines.

2013 Annual Mining Cost Service U.S. Mine Labor Survey Wage and Benefit Summary
Surface and Underground Coal, Metal, and Industrial Mineral Mines - All U.S.
Number of mines Union 86 Non-union 89
Partially or fully paid by company # of mines # of mines
Life insurance 86 81
Medical insurance 86 85
Dental insurance 86 77
Vision insurance 77 66
Retirement benefits 86 77
Sick leave 69 44
Disability Income Insurance 85 66
     
Mines with incentive bonus plans 60 72
  Number of mines Average  change Number of mines Average change
Wages increased in last 12 months 77 +3.2% 64 +3.1%
Wages decreased in last 12 months 0   0
No change in wages in last 12 months 9 0% 25 0%
  range average range average
Number of paid holidays per year 7 - 13 10 4  -  12 9
Paid life insurance coverage 25K - 260K 91K 10K – 330K 102K
         
Number of days vacation provided after the following years service
1 yr 5  -  18 10 4  -  20 10
3 yr 10  -  18 12 4  -  20 10
5 yr 10  -  23 14 5  -  20 14
10 yr 15  -  28 18 5  -  24 17
15 yr 15  -  28 20 5  -  26 19
20 yr 18  -  33 23 5  -  30 20
25 + yr 20  -  33 24  5  -  30 21
  range average range average
Total cost of benefits as a % of wages paid, incl. workers comp., unemployment insurance, soc. sec. and others 24% - 82% 48% 15% - 55% 39%
Shift differential paid
Evening ($/hour) .15 -  .85 .45 .20 – 0.60 .32
Night ($/hour) .20 – 2.00 .59 .25 – 1.00 .43
       
Benchmark hourly wages ($/hour)        
Laborer - surface mine 11.29 - 35.86 21.43 10.00 - 28.00 18.45
Laborer - underground mine 18.67 - 39.57 25.72 14.56 - 30.61 23.68
Mill equipment operator 17.00 - 47.71 27.17 10.25 - 39.81 23.84
Stationary equipment operator 25.40 - 31.11 27.58 21.95 - 31.67 27.73
Mechanic - surface mine 14.93 - 47.71 28.20 12.75 - 39.81 25.78
Electrician - UG mine 24.27 - 41.36 28.56 15.75 - 35.25 28.83
Equipment operator - UG 21.27 - 41.36 28.35 15.75 - 32.25 26.12
Production truck driver 21.60 - 36.71 26.03 11.25 - 29.73 20.36
Heavy equip. operator-surface (excludes dragline/strip shovel) 15.43 - 38.78 25.91 10.25 - 34.00 23.61

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